Rabshakeh

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  1. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Active Ingredients (Chad Taylor, Jemeel Moondoc, Tom Abbs, Steve Swell, Rob Mazurek, David Boykin, Avreeayl Ra) – Titration (Delmark, 2003) A very good one, which I somehow missed when it came out. Chad Taylor is really incredible here.
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    El Corazón -Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell (ECM, 1982)
  3. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Listening to this now. It's very good.
  4. The Ascension Name Game

    Sign me up for the pre-order.
  5. The Ascension Name Game

    Aha. The CryptoMachine Gun. What would have happened if Van Hove had been subbed out for for the delicate harpsichord of Odile Bailleux? We shall never know. In all seriousness, it is strange that I can easily think of more subs for Machine Gun than I can for Ascension. Probably it reflects the fact that the stakes are lower. Ascension means free jazz celebrity, so I guess we all take it more seriously.
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Sadao Watanabe – Live At The Junk (CBS, 1970)
  7. The Ascension Name Game

    I feel Dixon might get submerged. Marshall Allen could definitely hold his own in the context. It is hard to think of replacement altos from the younger 60s vanguard crop. Perhaps even Jackie McLean?
  8. The Ascension Name Game

    It's an interesting one. Part of what makes Ascension what it is for me is just how wonky the cast list is. On the original, neither trumpeter is right at all, the rhythm section is one step away from downing tools (except for when Hubbard plays, when suddenly they're all nicey nicey), and some of the saxophone players were really just randoms at the time, like Marion Brown. There are gaping holes like no Don Cherry and no Gato Barbieri. I would like to discover that the new CryptoAscension had Hannibal Marvin Peterson and Alan Shorter on trumpet, or at least Ted Curson or Barbara Donald. I think that the failure to include stronger free trumpet is probably for me the weakest part of the original Ascension, both in terms of music and legacy - given what a star making record it was for the saxophone players, the lack of decent free trumpet effectively buries the instrument in the free context, leaving Don Cherry as the only high profile avant trumpet player until Lester Bowie. Cryptoscension is our chance to fix that, and get names like Alan Shorter stuffing the "spiritual jazz" sections of thousands of RSD sale bins. For piano and drums, it would just be players who could keep up and were willing to be noisey (e.g. Burrell and Murray?) but perhaps Bobby Few on keys, if you were willing to make the new CryptoAscension into something quite different. I really like Few in a free blowing context. For saxophone, Frank Wright would be a contender, to represent the Ayler crowd, and then Sam Rivers, doing something very different.
  9. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Keith Jarrett – Sun Bear Concerts Piano Solo Recorded In Japan (ECM, 1978)
  10. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Kai Winding + J.J. Johnson + Bennie Green + Willie Dennis And Featuring John Lewis & Charlie Mingus – Four Trombones (Debut, 1953)
  11. Carla Bley

    This had occurred to me too. It breathes very much the same air. Also the Aphrodite’s Child record 666. i am less in love with it. It’s a record that I enjoy despite it being, in my view, probably a bit too of it’s time.
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    JAS – Volcano (1985) First time streaming this, which seems to be a very obscure bit of 1970s style modal / spiritual jazz that somehow came into existence in the materialist 1980s. Oddly, they managed to get a Matti Klarwein cover going.
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Hubert Laws – In The Beginning (CTI, 1974)
  14. Big Bands of 1965-1979

    I'm surprised at the lack of reminisces in this thread. Given how often groups like the Clarke Boland group show up in discussions, I had assumed that there would be lots of happy memories of seeing the big groups in this era.